Long-time BART Board of Director Thomas Blalock announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election to his Tri-Cities seat.

Blalock, who was first elected to the board in 1994, made the announcement during a BART board meeting, addressing the board from the lectern.

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BART Director Thomas Blalock was first elected in 1994 and represents Fremont, Union City, Newark and South Hayward.

“I’ve been searching my mind for about a year now as to whether to run for re-election and I have concluded that will not run for re-election this year. And I wanted to tell you folks first,” Blalock told boardmembers.

During his time, BART ridership has increased. Blalock’s major accomplishment though is the construction of Fremont’s Warm Springs station.

Rumors that Blalock may retire had increased over the past few months. Last month Blalock publicly praised Anu Natarajan, a former Fremont councilmember, who had already announced her candidacy for his seat.